The Ahwatukee Foothills News editorial staff is set to fare well in the 2014 Arizona Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper and Excellence contest as the top three finishers have been announced for the annual competition.
The AFN will place in the Best Newspaper Website category for Non-Daily greater than 10,000, which the AFN has won the past two years. Best Sustained Coverage or Series in the Non-Daily Over 10,000 category will see a top-three finish for reporter Allison Hurtado for her South Mountain Freeway series.
AFN sports writer Jason P. Skoda is a finalist in the following categories: Best Sports Story in the Non-Daily Over 10,000 for “Valley Christian’s Ottmueller vaults over disability;” Best Team, Sport or Sports Beat Coverage in the Non-Daily Over 10,000 for “Mountain Pointe football’s first state football championship;” and Best Sports Column in the Non-Daily Over 10,000 for “A mistake that can’t be corrected.”
AFN photographer David Jolkovski is up for awards in Best Sports Photograph in the Non-Daily Over 10,000 for “Catch;” Best Sports Photograph in the Non-Daily Over 10,000 for “Save;” and Best Feature Photograph in the Non-Daily Over 10,000 for “Tortoise Look.”
AFN, Tribune earn advertising accolades
The Ahwatukee Foothills News and the East Valley Tribune also won several awards for advertising excellence.
Advertisers and designers from the two publications finished in the top three in the Arizona Newspapers Association’s annual Excellence in Advertising competition. The competition categorizes publications by their circulation times and frequency.
Ahwatukee Foothills News employees up for awards include Christy Byerly and Karen Mays for Best Color Ad; Holli Roach and Laura Meehan for Most Effective Use of Small Space; Byerly and Elaine Cota for Best Online Ad – Static; and Roach again for Best Newspaper Promotion Ad, Series or Section.
For the Tribune, Byerly, Tonya Mildenberg and Steve Insalaco finished as finalists for the Best Paid Ad Series (Color); Byerly and Mildenberg received accolades in Best Special Section; Byerly and Heather Straube are up for two awards for Best Online Ad – Static; Byerly and Erik Maurer are each up for an award in Best Online Ad – Animated; and Byerly and Maurer can win for Best Newspaper Promotion Ad, Series or Section.
ANA will announce the placement of the top three winners in advertising on Sept. 19 and editorial on Sept. 20.